The people let down

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 September, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 September, 1998, 12:00am

William Wilson's letter, 'A president doesn't have to be Pope' (South China Morning Post, September 10), raised quite a few questions.

But the fact that several questions were asked Bill Clinton to which he replied with lies is what is on trial here. In short, not only was the President caught with his pants down, but he lied about it.

If Mr Wilson would rather have a president who lied to him about his misalliances than about his subversion of the constitution, he obviously hasn't read his copy of the constitution very carefully, or, for that matter, respects the position Mr Clinton occupies.

Had the Pope been caught out in a similar mess we would have expected him to tell the truth.

The person of whom Mr Wilson is so proud appears to have let him down more than once. Being in a more privileged position than many of his countrymen, he chose to run away when called to serve his country.

And of course he smoked 'pot' but 'didn't inhale'. How many more lies litter the trail he has left behind him? How is it possible to place one's faith in a charlatan of this calibre? Do you honestly believe that this man on future travels meeting other world leaders will bring anything but scorn down upon America? OK, so others have done it, but they weren't caught out. Or if they were, they went quietly.